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Five Cal State Fullerton Students Among Finalists for Competitive Research Awards

Dec. 23, 2013

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Biochemistry major Eric Yik, a finalist for the CSU's 2014 Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Research Award.

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Cal State Fullerton students and their faculty mentors will present research projects Jan. 9-11 at the California State University's 26th annual Biotechnology Symposium.


Five Cal State Fullerton students (listed below) are finalists for research awards to be announced Jan. 11 at the symposium's awards event. The five are among the group of CSUF undergraduate and graduate students presenting 24 research posters at the statewide gathering.


The annual symposium, held this year at the Santa Clara Marriott, brings together students, faculty members and administrators, as well as biotech professionals working in academia, government and industry. The event is sponsored by the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) and is designed to broaden student exposure to the latest biotechnologies, innovations and career paths in the life sciences.


"The CSU Biotechnology Symposium offers an excellent opportunity for our students to present the research they have performed in collaboration with our faculty," said Robert A. Koch, acting dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. "The chance to present to students and faculty from across the CSU gives them invaluable experience that prepares them for presentations at national conferences. In addition, they have the powerful opportunity to develop connections with experts at regional biotechnology companies who are hiring and with faculty members from universities recruiting for doctoral programs in biotechnology-related fields."


The student finalists by category, city of residence, major and faculty mentors, are:

2014 Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Research Award
The late Glenn Nagel was a chemistry professor at CSUF and the 1986-87 recipient of the university's Outstanding Professor Award and the CSUPERB Andreoli Faculty Service Award in 1996. The CSU established this award in his honor.

  • Matthew Dalphin of Fullerton, biochemistry
    Mentor: Maria C. Linder, professor of chemistry and biochemistry
  • Matthew Siracusa of Vista, biological science
    Mentor: Nikolas Nikolaidis, assistant professor of biological science
  • Eric Yik of Lakewood, biochemistry
    Mentor: Christopher R. Meyer, chair and professor of chemistry and biochemistry

2014 Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award
Don Eden was a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at San Francisco State University and CSUPERB Faculty Reseach Award recipient.

  • David Lin of Pomona, biology
    Mentor: Marcelo E. Tolmasky, professor of biological science
  • Jessica Valadez of Lawndale, biology
    Mentor: Math P. Cuajungco, associate professor of biological science

The finalists were selected from among the 263 research posters accepted for presentation from 21 of the CSU system's universities.

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